10 Weird Uses For A Potato To Improve Your Life
Idaho is widely known for its potatoes. Outside of the state, people often simply think of it as “The Potato State.” You can’t blame them. Over 13 billion potatoes are produced in Idaho each year, and our spuds are widely regarded as the very best.
If you live in or grew up in Idaho, you may think you know a lot about taters. In reality, you probably do. However, we’ve compiled a list of things that potatoes can be used for that even the most spud-loving Idahoans likely don’t know about. So, grab a few potatoes, strap down, and get ready for this tater-tastic ride.
Polish Your Shoes
Polishing shoes can be a huge mess. If you are in need of a quick and easy shine, look no further than your very own pantry. Cutting a potato and using the inside to polish your shoes is surprisingly effective. The potato won’t damage the leather of your shoe, and it can even out polish that is already there, remove dirt, dust, or grime, and leave a nice clean look. Simply rub the potato on your shoe, and wipe them clean when you’re done. Don’t believe us? Try it!
Get Rid of Rust
Have a rusty knife? How about a rusty screwdriver or wrench? Maybe a rusty pot or pan? Or even a rusty piece of jewelry? Well, prepare to have your mind blown.
Potatoes contain oxalic acid, which helps break down rust. If whatever you’ve got that has become rusted can fit into the potato (such as handheld tools, scissors, etc.) go ahead and just stick it right into the spud.
If what you want de-rusted is larger than that, cut the potato in half. Dip the cut end of the potato into some dish soap and proceed to scrub the surface with the exposed inside of the potato. If the potato gets slick or too saturated with rust, simply cut the end off of the potato and repeat.
Gardeners sometimes use potatoes to plant rose cuttings. If you take a rose stem and insert the bottom of it into a potato, you can plant the entire potato as if it were a seed or bulb. Doing so provides the rose cutting with moisture and nutrients that improve its chances of survival.
Use Them as Projectiles
Where would a potato cannon be without potatoes? The shape and weight of potatoes make them excellent for launching, hurling, catapulting, or throwing. You can buy cheap potato guns that shoot small potato pellets using just air pressure. Just stick the barrel of the gun into the potato, give it a twist, pull it out, and fire! Please be responsible with your potatoes.
Care for your Skin
Not only are tubers tasty and healthy for consumption, they’re also healthy for your skin. Yes, you heard us right. There are tons of things you can do in relation to skincare with potatoes. From removing dark marks under your eyes to exfoliation, potatoes can work wonders.
Make it a Whistle
Sure, you may find it silly now that we’re including this on the list, but if you’re ever lost in a potato field and need an emergency SOS whistle, you’ll be thanking us. Okay, fine, it’s a stretch. But if you’re ever bored and looking for something to do, try making a potato whistle! It’s not hard to do.
Keep Goggles from Fogging
BYU-Idaho students, it’s time to celebrate because school is finally out and for the next 7 weeks it is officially summer. So what are you going to do to celebrate your time off? Here’s 7 suggestions to help you make the most of your break!
1. Binge Watch Your Favorite Netflix Show
After finals there’s one thing everybody alike wants to do, and that’s sit back, relax and actually enjoy yourself. You’ve spent the last three months married to the library with one too many sleepless nights. Enjoy the start of the of your break by binge watching a few seasons of your favorite show on Netflix. Here’s a list of everything coming to Netflix in Summer 2017!
2. Go to a Fair
You can’t properly enjoy a summer vacation unless you make it to your local fair. The South Eastern Idaho State Fair will be Sept. 1-9, where you can enjoy all your favorite carnival foods, rides and more!
3. Try A New Sport
Another thing to do while you’re on your vacation is to try out a new summer sport. There’s a number of fun activities you can try out! Try out kayaking, canoeing, or even paddle boarding! If you don’t have the gear you need you can rent your gear from the BYU-Idaho ORC.
4. Go Camping
Still haven’t made it out on that camping trip yet this summer? Now is your perfect opportunity to do so! Spend a weekend away and unplugged from the world around you. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Looking for places to go camping? Check out this list of 7 campgrounds near Rexburg!
5. Enjoy Your Summer Family Reunion
It’s not summer unless you get to enjoy your family’s annual Family Reunions. Spend a weekend away and with those you enjoy, indulging in all the potato salads and family fishing trips, or whatever it is that makes your family uniquely yours!
6. Celebrate the Solar Eclipse
If there’s one thing you do this summer, make sure it’s enjoy the Solar Eclipse! This is a once in a life-time opportunity! The best part is, enjoying the Eclipse will only take up about 2 minutes and 22 seconds of your whole day. After the Eclipse is over, enjoy some of the many booths and vendors around town!
7. Prepare Yourselves for The Start of Another New Semester
And finally the last thing to do this summer, is brace yourselves for the start of another new semester. The summer will eventually come to an end and your time will come when you have find yourself back in a relationship with the library and buried deep in hours of homework. So before that happens, get out and go enjoy these next 7 weeks of summer!
Rexburg City officials have announced that beginning on October 1, residents can anticipate a 7.5 percent increase in their utility bills. This means that the bill for your garbage, water, and sewer costs can likely spike at the beginning of Fall. Your utility costs may increase from $88.71 monthly, to approximately $95.38 monthly.
The city has not increased their rates since 2013; however, recently the city has had some things creep up on them, specifically personnel and depreciation. Councilwoman Donna Benfield noted that in order to avoid large utility spikes at once, the city will try to implement, smaller increases on a more frequent basis.
Why the Increase in Prices?
While the city is not excited about the increased rates, they feel that it will be a beneficial investment for the future. The city’s sanitation department is in dire need of new equipment. They are also looking to add another garbage truck and route, to their already pre-existing routes.
If residents would like to find out more about the utility increases, there will be a city council meeting, open to all residents on July 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
If you’re running out of things to do on the weekend and need something new to try out, stop by one of these local upcoming events!
1. Smashed $1 Grilled Cheese Day
If you haven’t heard yet, Smashed is a new restaurant in town. They serve signature grilled cheese sandwiches. On July 11th from 11 am – 11 pm Smashed will hosting an event where they serve $1 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches all day long!
Burgerfest is a free outdoor music festival that will be hosted on July 15 from 5 pm – 11 pm. The event will be held on the street in front of The Burg. There will be 8 bands, local artists, food and more!
3. Idaho Falls Air Show
The Idaho Falls Air show is an event hosted by the US Navy Blue Angels. The Air show will be hosted on July 22 and July 23 from 8 am – 5 pm.
4. St. Anthony Car Show
If you’ve got a need for speed and a thing for cars check out the St. Anthony Motors Car Show! On July 22 from 9 am – 4:30 pm the car show will be hosted in St. Anthony. There will be hot rods and classic cars!
5. Idaho Falls Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k
If you’re looking to to challenge your sporty side then sign up for the Idaho Falls Marathon! The race will be July 29 from 4 am – 11 am. The event will be benefit the West Side Elementary School.
The days are getting longer and hotter which means you can finally go out and cross off all those things on your summer bucket list. What better day to accomplish all your summer plans, than the Fourth of July. Not sure where to begin? Here’s 5 fun things this July 4th.
1. Visit Yellowstone National Park
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to go to Yellowstone now’s your chance. You have the day off and the sun is shining. There’s no better way to celebrate the independence of our country by appreciating all the beauty it has to offer.
2. Go To Rigby Lake
If you’re looking to get your tan on and enjoy a day in the sun, grab your towels and your sunscreen and head out to Rigby Lake. You can pack a lunch for a picnic and enjoy the company of your friends and family.
3. Grill at Porter Park
Grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken legs and anything else you can think to throw on a grill is an American classic on the Fourth of July. Head out enjoy the sun and some time in the park with your favorite friends, and those delicious All-American Foods
4. Attend the 4th of July Parade
It’s not Fourth of July without a holiday parade! Each year the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce holds an Indepedence Day Celebration in Porter Park. This year they will be celebrating the 88th annual parade with food, vendors, and crafts booths. The parade will go from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration
And finally when the day is over, celebrate by enjoying the Melaleuca fire work show in Idaho Falls at Snake River Landing. This fire work show is one of the most well-known shows in the Western United States. This year will be the 25th annual fire work show. To celebrate the anniversary of the event it has been said that there will be 17,000 fireworks launched in a 30 minute time period all choreographed to music.
With the semester finally coming to a close that can only mean one thing–Finals. Finals are quickly approaching and stress and anxiety are coming on strong. But finals don’t have to be completely stressful. Here’s a guide to surviving finals to make your life just a little bit easier.
1. Get Good Quality Sleep
The best thing you can do for yourself during finals is get some sleep. While you might think you’re making your life easier by staying up late to get in a few extra hours of study time, you’re actually making things worse. Studies have shown that you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night. When you are low on sleep you are actually hurting your ability to focus, concentrate and learn.
2. Put Your Phone Down
Your phone can be one of the biggest distractions to you. Try and avoid distractions by leaving your phone behind when you go to study. You will be less likely to lose focus and get distracted by the things on your phone.
3. Find a Study Spot
Everybody needs a good study spot. Finding the right spot for you can help you get into your groove and get quality, uninterrupted study time.
4. Take an Exercise Break
Sometimes you have to put the books away and take a break. One of the best ways to get a break from intense studying is by stopping to exercise. Studies have shown that exercising can improve memory and thinking skills. And this is a great opportunity to help wake yourself up if you’re starting feel just a little bit tired!
5. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination. What can we say. We’ve all been here before. Where you keep putting off your homework, your projects, and your tests until the very last minute. But why? It’s not doing you any favors. In the long run it only causes you more stress. Do yourself a favor and begin preparing early, so you don’t have to worry about cramming at the last minute.
6. Have Study Sessions
One of the best ways to do well and survive your finals is by holding study sessions. When you study with somebody else it helps you retain and understand the material on a deeper level. When you study with somebody else you have the opportunity to teach them what you know, and you can also find out what your areas of weakness are.
Don’t let finals get you down like they have in the past. With these simple steps you’ll be fully prepared and ready to survive finals!
From time-to-time we all get a craving for something that’s a little sweet. So why not treat yourself? Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 dessert places in Rexburg. Go ahead, satisfy those cravings and quit worrying about the calories!
Karie Anne’s is a seasonal food truck that serves delicious Italian Ice and Custard. Since it is seasonal it won’t be around long, so make sure you get it while you can. You won’t regret it!
Everybody loves a good snowcone! Snoasis is a shaved ice shack, and it’s the perfect spot to grab your dessert on those hot summer days!
3. Chuerreria Los Locos
Chuerreria Los Locos is Rexburg’s newest dessert place. This is a local spot serving homemade churros! They don’t just serve traditional churros, they also serve cream-filled churros!
4. Soda Vine
Soda Vine is a classic dessert place to fill all your cravings! If you need a caffeine fix or if you’re looking for something even sweeter Soda Vine has got you covered. They offer customizable sodas, cookies, milkshakes, sundae’s, and Italian Ice and Custard!
5. Cocoa Bean
Cocoa Bean is one of Rexburg’s favorite dessert places! It is the perfect place to grab your dessert because they’ve got something for everybody. They have a variety of cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, frappes, Italian Sodas, and Ice Cream!
Fourth of July is right around the corner which means its time to start planning on the fun Desserts you’ll be making for your holiday event! Here’s 8 tasty desserts that you’re going to love!
1. Flag cake
You can’t go to a Fourth of July party without bringing the most iconic holiday themed dessert there is out there. Try this recipe and share it with all your friends!
2. Red, White, and blueberry trifle
There’s something about Angel Food Cake, Cream Cheese, and whipped cream that make for a great dessert! This is one dessert all of your friends won’t be able to get enough of!
3. Rice Crispy-Treat Cheesecake Bars
Rice Crispy-Treat’s are an American favorite and this dessert just got even tastier! This is the perfect combination of Gooey Rice Crispy-Treat’s and delicious cheese cake!
4. Firecracker cake
This cake is not only delicious but it’s also a beautifully frosted Bundt cake that will have all your guests falling in love with this treat!
5. 4th of July Milkshakes
Fourth of July is one of the hottest holidays of the year! Cool off from the heat with these fun, themed milkshakes!
6. Tie-dye fudge
This tie-dyed treat is patriotic, delicious, and it’s easy to make! This fun dessert only requires 6 simple ingredients!
7. Red, White and Blue Slushies
These Red, White and Blue Slushies are cool and refreshing! This slushie is similar to a frozen strawberry lemonade with blueberries added on top!
8. Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Pops
If you want a cool, refreshing treat that doesn’t have too many calories these coconut water and fresh berry pops are the Fourth of July Dessert for you!
One of the hardest things about living in an apartment can be figuring out how to style your apartment. But it can also be one of the best things. Apartment decorating gives you an opportunity to bring all your HGTV inspirations to life. Here’s 5 ways to add a little bit of life to those white walls.
1. Illuminate your Space
In small spaces, good lighting can make all the difference. And you don’t have to adjust your ceiling lights either. Adding floor lamps and table lamps can make all the difference in your apartment. When a room is brighter it will also make your room look better.
2. Add Extra Pillows
You would be surprised with the difference a few extra throw pillows can make. Adding in a few extra throw pillows can bring your apartment to life. Pillows are a great way to get creative and add color and character to your pad.
Succulents can make your space feel clean and fresh. Spring is the perfect time of year to use succulents as an accent in your apartment because they need sunlight in order to stay alive. Succulents will make your pad feel more lively and they can add a small splash of color to your apartment. You can put succulents on the table or window as an arrangement or you can hang them from the ceiling in a glass hanging planter.
4. Make it Shine with Mirrors
Mirrors are another way to create an illusion of extra space in your apartment. If you place a large mirror on your wall in the opposite direction of your windows the sunlight coming in will reflect off the mirror making it appear bigger and brighter than your room actually is.
5. Add an Area Rug
A large area rug can make your small space feel just a little bit more clean and organized. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to pull in something a little bit bolder and a bit brighter without drawing too much attention to the item.
Are you getting sick of having the same thing for dinner every night? Looking for something new to try out for date night? Good news there’s a variety of new restaurants in town and we’re here to help you decide which Rexburg Restaurants to try out!
1. Fresco Kitchen and Grill
Fresco is a new restaurant in town known for their delicious Artisan Pizza’s! But that’s not the only thing they serve, they also serve a variety of burgers, pastas, salads and other tasty entrees. At Fresco, the focus is quality and you’re sure to get it! This restaurant with original taste is located in front of the SpringHill Suites at 1738-1766 S Yellowstone Hwy, Rexburg, ID 83440. Curious about their menu? Check it out!
2. Frisky’s Cafe
Looking for a healthier alternative and tired of sacrificing flavor for conservative calories? Then we’ve got some good news for you! You no longer have to battle to find a GOOD healthy meal in town. Frisky’s serves a variety of gourmet salads and açai bowls. Not only is this restaurant healthy, but they also have vegan options! Frisky’s is located inside of Gator Jacks. Check out their full menu!
Smashed has a little bit of something for everybody! Smashed is the newest restaurant in town and they serve everything from grilled cheese to wings. One of the best things about this restaurant is the opportunity to get creative and customizable. You have the opportunity to build your sandwich yourself and create it to your liking. If you’ve got a craving for wings and long for a variety of flavors, you’ll love this restaurant. Smashed offers 9 different sauces for their wings. This restaurant is perfect for those who have a tendency to get those late night munchies. They’re open until 11 pm on weekdays and 1 pm on the weekends! Smashed is located directly across from Taco Bell where R-town Cafe used to be! Curious about their customizable menu options? Check it out!
4. Steak and Kebab Hut
The Steak and Kebab Hut is a restaurant that specializes in foods from around the world. At this restaurant you can get a variety of Asian platters. They also have Gluten Free options! The Steak and Kebab Hut is located at 248 S 2nd W, Rexburg, ID 83440. Check out their menu to see all variety in the different plates they serve!
For more updates on new places in eat in town and things to do, check out Explore Rexburg!